This is sad news indeed, even if we knew it was coming. Especially given his recent burst of activity and acclaim. I like the way Ethan summed it up. I was lucky enough to see Hill's sextet a few times when I was living in New York- his trumpeter Ron Horton was a neighbor and friend, so I would make it out when I could, often with several members of my band. Hill thought and phrased in ellipses- the music makes sense in a way that you didn't know it could. Some days I still walk around singing that band's theme.
Other links when I resume on Monday.
Locally, Berklee will award Hill an honorary doctorate (long planned) next month. Details if I get them.